If you want to stop overspending and get your Christmas shopping done, I’ve got a great list of last minute Christmas gifts for you. Not only are these gifts quick to make, they’ll keep you on-budget.
Because, if you’re like me, there are so many special people that you want to get thoughtful gifts for, but – let’s be real – money is so tight at Christmas!
Whether you’re spending way too much money travelling to see family (that’s us) or just trying to afford gifts for your kids, it’s a challenge to stick to your budget at Christmas.
So if you want to save money this holiday season, these DIY gifts will help. Take a look below!
Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Cheap
1. Brown Sugar Scrub
This last minute Christmas gift comes from crayonsandcravings.com. Brown sugar scrub is a great gift for people who like to pamper their skin — it helps exfoliate, it smells fabulous, and it only contains 3 simple ingredients.
2. DIY Hair Ties
Consider making these cute DIY hair ties for somebody on your gift list. They’re cheap and easy — find out how to make them at everydaysavvy.com.
3. Lavender Shower Melts
These lavender shower melts are a great present for somebody who deserves to relax but is short on time. They dissolve in the shower so gift recipients can enjoy the therapeutic scent of lavender. This shower-melt recipe is available at utensi.com.
4. Lemongrass Bath Salts
For a great bath salts recipe, check out savingslifestyle.com. Lemongrass bath salts are ideal for a soothing bath experience. Whip these scented salts up using ice-cube molds and give them to someone who has earned a break.
5. Rainbow Soap
This rainbow soap recipe can be found at utensi.com. Make a big batch of these soaps and check some names off your Christmas shopping list!
6. Jar Popouri
This yummy jar popourri will make any house smell delicious — recipients of this gift just need to simmer the mixture on the stove to enjoy a delicious Christmas aroma. Find the recipe at honeyandlime.co.
7. Lego Soap
These kid-friendly lego soaps are a clever present for the young people in your life. Find the instructions at utensi.com and customize scent and colour to your liking.
8. Wire Picture Frame
This wire picture holder, from whatsupfagans.com, is the perfect gift for a friend who likes to display memories. It’s also quick, easy, and cheap to make.
9. Handprint Calendar
Handprint calendars are a thoughtful last minute Christmas gift that’s awesome for close family members — it’s also a fantastic keepsake for years to come. Find instructions for this personalized calendar at joyfullythriving.com.
10. Christmas Slime
If you have kids on your Christmas list, this Christmas slime is sure to be a hit. It can be made quickly and is so fun to play with! Check out thebestideasforkids.com if you’d like the recipe!
11. Marbled Mugs
For the devoted coffee drinker on your shopping list, these marbled mugs are a fabulous gift! They’re super simple and the finished product is beautiful. Check out strengthandsunshine.com to find the instructions.
12. Lotion Bars
These luxurious lotion bars will pamper the skin! They’re super simple, using just a few ingredients, are sure to be enjoyed by everyone who recieves them! Instructions can be found at utensi.com.
13. Moose Coasters
Instructions for these moose coasters can be found at annsentitledlife.com. The coasters are easily made with scrap wood and spray paint and are a great gift for anyone!
14. Room Spray and Stress Ball
For the teachers in your life, or for anyone who could use a relaxing gift, this room spray and stress ball combo is perfect. See exploringdomesticity.com for instructions on how to make this perfect last minute Christmas present.
15. Monogram Mug
Create a personalized monogram mug for somebody special this Christmas. Many of the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store. Get the details at happyfamilyblog.com.
16. Lip Balm
These natural lip balms, from therisingspoon.com, can be given as gifts on their own or used as stocking stuffers! And – bonus! – once you have all the ingredients you can make some beard balm as well (see number 19)!
17. Peppermint Bath Bombs
Luxurious peppermint bath bombs will help the recipient of this gift relax. They’re easy peasy and they smell soooo good! See annsentitledlife.com for the recipe.
18. Bird Feeders
These bird feeders are the ultimate last minute Christmas gift for somebody who has a backyard full of birds. They’re also pretty darn cute and super cheap! Messylittlemonster.com has all the details.
19. Beard Balm
Know somebody with a beard? Beard balm is super popular right now, so why not make some to give to a friend for Christmas. Learn all about making this beard balm at therisingspoon.com.
20. Crayon Shapes
If you’ve got a bunch of broken crayons laying around, you can make these lego shaped crayons for pretty cheap. These super fun lego crayons are a great present for any kid. Find out the details at messylittlemonster.com.
21. Mason Jar Kisses
Another great last minute Christmas gift is mason jar kisses. Fill a decorated mason jar with chocolate kisses and other small gifts and give it to somebody special! This gift is easy to personalize and all the instructions can be found at frugelegance.com.
22. Gingerbread Holiday Fudge
If you need a quick DIY Christmas gift and you’re in the mood for baking, make some delicious gingerbread fudge — it’s sure to please with these adorable decorative bows. You can find the recipe here at livingsweetmoments.com.
23. Hot Chocolate Reindeer
This instructions for this cute DIY hot chocolate reindeer are available at everydaysavvy.com. This is a perfect gift for the kids on your Christmas list.
24. Crockpot peanut butter candy
These individual peanut butter candies are great for sharing with friends and neighbours. And they’re really simple to make! Find the recipe at juliassimplysouthern.com.
25. Fruit Basket
Need a gift for someone who’s a healthy eater? This homemade fruit basket will do the trick! Find out how to make it at melaniecooks.com.
26. Starbucks Inspired Lemon Loaf
Whip up a batch of Starbucks-inspired mini lemon loaves to give to all your favorite people. They’re easy and are sure to be popular. Mooreorlesscooking.com has all the details!
27. Potted Rosemary
If you know somebody who loves plants or fresh herbs, this potted rosemary will impress! You can easily personalize the pot too. Find out how to make this Christmas gift at frugelegance.com.
Make Your Last Minute Christmas Gifts Today
If you’re just reading this post, it’s time to get started on your last minute Christmas gifts! You’re short on time, but I know you can get still ready for Christmas in time and stick to your budget. So choose a couple of the above ideas for gifts, gather your supplies, and get to work!